Friday, December 2, 2016

Make A Gift Day

I kinda can't believe it's Friday already, some weeks seem to fly by, don't they? I think I need some crafty time to get myself back on track, but I'm so behind on phone calls and paperwork that I'm going to have to spend all day doing that before I get to the craft room (and I mean my kitchen table when I say craft room).

But, luckily, tomorrow is National Make a Gift Day, so I have an excuse to craft! What kind of crafty gifts have you made for people? I've made jewelry with Mod Podge jewelry resin and book quotes to fit the bezel, little stuffed animals made from felt, earrings from clay, and scrapbooks.

Not sure what I'm making this year, but since my niece/goddaughter always comes up with cool things she's made (earrings, candles), I at least need to make something cool for her too.

Here are some great ideas from Pinterest for gift giving. I've actually made these comic book coasters. I made horror comics coasters for my sister, Julie, who introduced me to horror comics as  a kid, and basically warped me.





This would be so easy to make! I love how alcohol inks make glass look like stained glass. 



I haven't made any of these ideas yet, just enjoying them on Pinterest. But here's a great gift to make if you're giving a Nerf gun for the holidays—it's a spinning target. We used to set up little action figures and stuffed animals to try to knock over when Nerf guns were big in our house. This would've been better!



I love this idea, though I'd probably ask for help for cutting them out, since I am so bad at cutting! Seriously, I can't always get a straight cut with a paper trimmer, let alone a craft knife. But it's a very cool craft.



And I can't leave without a glittery gift you can give...or make and keep for yourself, glittery wine glasses.


Let me know if you are making anything crafty this year or your favorite gift you've received that someone made...my sisters gave me a picture frame full of pics of the three of us for my wedding gift and I love it so much, it's still up in my house, 26 years later. They also left some blank spots for future pics of us, isn't that the coolest?!

Also, I'm up on the a2z Scrapbooking Blog today, with this project, and there's a new December Challenge of Anything But A Card, so I hope you'll break our your Hero Arts goodies and join in.


Happy Friday!
Chark


Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Girls, Girls, Girls

Sharing some stamps that are digi and acrylic and new and old and all girls! This adorable Barbie type girl digi is from A Day For Daisies...I love these so much! I think the delicate lines of these stamps is unique and lovely. The dancer below is also ADFD.



For the Barbie looking stamp, I added the sentiment on the computer and just printed them out together. I used some patterned paper that's included with each issue of Somerset Studio. 

The magazines they publish are gorgeous, thick and full of ideas. I always ask for a subscription for Christmas, because they aren't cheap. But they shouldn't be, because the amount of content is amazing and the artists tell you how they create their projects, so you get a little classes in every issue. The pink sparkle dots are Candy Land Gumdrops from Your Next Stamp. Love them!


This dancer is also ADFD and I love coloring her dress, I think she's made an appearance on the blog before. This time, I add a watercolor-looking wash with a Hero Arts ink dauber, you just swipe onto the card and let dry (it's quick). 

This last stamp is a new one from Unity and I looovvee that she looks like Glinda! Of course I do. I debated for awhile whether I needed her and then decided why yes, I did! She comes with some fun sentiments too but really, all I want to do is color her and add sparkle. This time in the form of square rhinestones to her hat and the bottom of the card.


 Guess I'm really a girly girl at heart, give me pink and Barbies and sparkles and fabulous dresses and I'm all set. Ah well, there are worse things! :) At least I don't buy the actual dresses, just the stamped versions.

Happy Wednesdsay!
Chark



Monday, November 28, 2016

Holiday Coloring

During the five-day Thanksgiving holiday, I spent some time coloring in front of the tv, watching This Is Us and Blindspot. 

Things I realize from this endeavor are that I need more light in my living room (although I did some purposeful coloring outside the lines if I planned to trim the image, I also have some not-quite-in-the-lines stuff I didn't intend), images can't be too small or I spend a lot of time trying to get it right and the point is having fun, not stressing and I love Tombow markers for their bright colors (which ok, I knew already but am loving the stained glass in these).

Here's an image from 2 Cute Ink digital stamps. The too-small version and the good-sized version. I don't have a brown Tombow, turns out so the cocoa is maybe white chocolate :) I used some of my Sparkle Noir pens to add a touch of color and sparkle...you can see it on the big cup handle a little. I get way more sparkle from these than the Wink of Stella.



This one is an image from Dawn Nicole that I shared on my blog last week. It's a full page here, so I think it's going in my art journal. It's done in Prismacolor pencils.

This is a free image I found here at 101 Coloring Pages and is perfect with the Tombow Brights.



This last one can be found on my blog too, linked to the original site. I love coloring flowers, but I think using Gamsol with the pencils would've made for better flower blending. This one I also printed a little small. Also, this is a lot of flowers to color...Live and Learn!

Did you do any crafty things over the weekend?
Happy Monday!
Chark


Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Neat and Tangled Heart of Gold

I think this geometric heart die is so cool and pretty versatile...it can be for a hugs card, a hello, a valentine, anniversary, wedding, etc. 



For this card, I used some ink sprays on paper and then die cut the word (from Lawn Fawn) and heart and adhered them to black cardstock that I embossed. The white is also embossed with the same folder. I love the effect of the bright sprays on black.



The most surprising thing is that I didn't add any glitter, but it seemed to make a statement all by itself...although now I think some sequins wouldn't be out of place on here.

If you get a product you like, do you use it over and over and then put it away and forget about it? That seems to be what I do...so I may have to get some of my old favorites out and do some work with them over the holiday. Happy Thanksgiving tomorrow to my U.S. peeps!

Happy Wednesday!
Chark

Monday, November 21, 2016

Freebie Fun for Monday

Hi, friends, saw this cool tea coloring page for free on Dawn Nicole's FB page and asked if it was okay to share...she said yes, so here it is! If you're planning to join the December Coffee Lovers Blog Hop, you might want to go with this as your focal point on your card. Cute, huh?



And here are a couple more free digi art pieces for your coloring pleasure. The first is another Dawn Nicole Design. She's so talented!



This has both free and inexpensive coloring pages click here to see the Adult Coloring Pages blog.



If you like florals, you need to check out this free floral images page from Buzzle...not supposed to share the image, but I'll share the link so you can find them. I'm going to download the rose heart. Gorgeous! And lots of butterflies and fairy pages are available at Coloring Pages for Adults here. Thank you, internet for freebies!



Happy Monday!
Chark






Saturday, November 19, 2016

National Peanut Butter Month

With apologies to my nephew, Charles, and other peanut allergy sufferers, I present a post on peanut butter (the internet was all fubar yesterday, so no Friday post). I don't know how we got along without peanut butter. It's great for the classic PB&J, No Bake Cookies, Puppy Chow (or Chex Muddy Buddies) and the classic and beloved Buckeye candy!

Thanks to the inventor(s) of peanut butter, who is not George Washington Carver (he promoted 300 uses for peanuts) like I thought. Here's the article about the creators, including Kellogg, the cereal guy.

My sister, Julie, makes the best buckeyes and gave me her recipe. I found a recipe that used their mixture to make bars and it's so much easier, so that's what I do. Here's the version from Spicy Southern Kitchen, and while they call it fudge, we just call it Buckeyes. And in Julie's recipe, you don't use condensed milk in the chocolate part, instead melt a mixture of semi- and milk chocolate chips with a little butter in the microwave. Just spread the peanut butter layer in a pan, pour the melted chocolate on top, cool and cut into small squares (so rich!) Traditionally, they are made to look like the Buckeye nut and since I'm from Ohio, The Buckeye State, I'm probably in trouble for not going the nut route.😁 I've also made these into Easter Egg shapes and added names and flowers in icing cuz I'm a rebel.


The bar version.


The egg version.



Here's the Puppy Chow recipe in case you need it...it's a great one to package for bake sales, it always does well.


And if you prefer your peanut butter without chocolate, you can try Peanut Butter Banana Bread. But if you were me, you'd add chocolate chips!


And if you want to craft with peanuts, here's the cutest little idea for those non-allergic to the nut. Snowmen!



Now, it's lunchtime and I'm thinking a PB&J with noodle soup on the side might just be the way to go.

Happy Saturday!
Chark